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These Are Some of the Most Adorable Dogs Around
Not only do our canine friends love us unconditionally, but their affectionate and playful nature can always be counted on to make us smile. To top it off, dogs are downright adorable. From the big dogs with wrinkles and jowls to the tiny ones with perky expressions, there's a look for everyone to love. Here are 10 of the cutest dog breeds that brighten our lives.Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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According to Welsh legend, fairies loved Pembroke Welsh corgis. Stories of corgis pulling fairy coaches, herding fairy cattle, and carrying fairy warriors abound in Wales. What we know for sure is corgis tend to be playful, intelligent, and affectionate dogs. Be prepared to give them lots of exercise and attention.
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- Height: 10 to 12 inches
- Weight: Up to 30 pounds
- Physical Characteristics: Low-set and long; colors include black and tan, fawn, red, and sable with white markings
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It's common knowledge that beagles are excellent hunting dogs, but did you know their ears can improve the performance of their noses? Beagles' long ears push particles toward their noses, so they can better process scent information. These dogs need an active household and are often great for families with children.
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- Height: Up to 15 inches
- Weight: Up to 30 pounds
- Physical Characteristics: Solid build; colors include black and tan, brown and white, and more
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While today's Pomeranians can have a somewhat prissy reputation, they were originally herding dogs that pulled massive sleds over rough terrain. Back then, Pomeranians weighed about 30 pounds and were packed with muscle. Modern Poms can be very affectionate but need consistent training to keep their stubborn nature in check.
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- Height: 6 to 7 inches
- Weight: 3 to 7 pounds
- Physical Characteristics: Compact, short-backed body; fluffy double coat; colors include black, chocolate, orange, red, and more
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French bulldogs were bred to be little climate controllers for artisans working in chilly shops. The Frenchies would sit in their laps, keeping them cozy. And these dogs still love laps just as much today. They are very affectionate and loyal dogs that often get along well with children and other animals.
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- Height: 11 to 13 inches
- Weight: Under 28 pounds
- Physical Characteristics: Heavy-boned; smooth coat; colors include fawn, brindle, and more
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These days, Yorkshire terriers have a lap dog reputation. But back in their early days, these petite pups worked hard to keep workspaces pest-free. Their small stature enabled them to squeeze into tight spaces to chase after rodents, and their big-dog attitudes made them fearless when it came to the hunt.
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- Height: 7 to 8 inches
- Weight: 7 pounds
- Physical Characteristics: Compact body; silky coat; colors include black and tan, blue and tan, and more
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Old English Sheepdog
Despite their name, Old English sheepdogs are only a few hundred years old. They were developed to drive livestock, among other farm work. Nowadays, they're primarily adorable pets who are alert, intelligent, and very playful. To keep them looking their best, they typically need a daily brushing and regular bathing.
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- Height: 21 inches and up
- Weight: 60 to 100 pounds
- Physical Characteristics: Square body; shaggy coat; colors include blue and white, gray and white, and more
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American Staffordshire Terrier
You can't get much cuter than a pit bull puppy. "Pit bull" isn't a breed but rather a category for several breeds, including American Staffordshire terriers. These dogs tend to be affectionate, friendly, and playful. But they do need vigorous daily walks and play sessions to channel their high energy.
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- Height: 17 to 19 inches
- Weight: 40 to 70 pounds
- Physical Characteristics: Muscular body; short coat; colors include black, blue, fawn, and more
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From their sweet personalities to their happy smiles, there's a lot to love about Labrador retrievers. Labs have been the No. 1 dog in the U.S. for more than two decades, according to American Kennel Club rankings—and for good reason. These dogs are good-natured, sociable, and highly trainable. But they do prefer an active household.
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- Height: 22 to 25 inches
- Weight: 55 to 80 pounds
- Physical Characteristics: Athletic build; short, dense coat; colors include black, chocolate, and yellow
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Boston terriers tend to be fun-loving, affectionate dogs that are full of enthusiasm for life. They've been nicknamed the "American gentleman" due to their tuxedo-like markings, which help make them even more lovable. These dogs can be great family pets and tend to respond well to training. They prefer a household in which they can have company for most of the day.
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- Height: 15 to 17 inches
- Weight: 12 to 25 pounds
- Physical Characteristics: Short face; smooth coat; colors include black and white, brindle and white, seal and white, and more
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The Maltese is one of the world's oldest dog breeds, having been depicted in artwork and literature from many ancient civilizations, including the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians. Today's Maltese is an adorable, affectionate, and friendly companion that loves to hang out in its favorite person's lap. Daily walks and playtime should satisfy this breed's exercise needs.
- Height: 7 to 9 inches
- Weight: Up to 7 pounds
- Physical Characteristics: Big, dark, alert eyes; long, silky, single-layer, white coat